Oliver Jordan closed his salvage yard in 1953, and spent the rest of his life fighting with the city over zoning. Now his heirs are preparing to clean the place up with nearly 250 cars for sale. Most cars are from the thirties and forties. The oldest is a 1917 Maxwell. Only one car is listed as a model T. Also included is a 1936 Cord, a 1937 Cord, Lincoln Zephyr sedan with aluminum body, 1924 Rollin, 1940 Buick convertible and numerous coupes and sedans. The cars will be available for viewing on June 6th and sale will be held on June 7th and 8th. Pictures are available on "Old Cars Weekly" web site. Ed
All that I can think is -
So many vehicles and so little time and money to restore them.
I hope they all go to good homes!
Forgot to say the sale is in Enid, OK> Ed
Be an interesting auction. Looks like there is some pretty desirable stuff and some that is just "stuff." Like most auctions.
I assume that she really meant to say they will be offered on JUNE 8th,
"June 7 and go all day; if any vehicles and parts remain to be sold, they will be offered July 8."
Looking at the list, I don't see many that I would not be happy to have! Have the money to do right, that's a different story.
I want to know more about the '24 Rollin! Not that it would do me any good. I don't have the money to buy anything like that, let alone restore it. The little bit of information I have ever seen about them makes them sound very interesting indeed.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Do a google for 1924 Rollin to find photos and a bunch of other information about that brand.
Not many made:
Rollin White was the son of Thomas White, the man who had built a respectable business producing washing machines, small machines, bicycles, roller skates, and other products. Rollin was an engineering student at Cornell who displayed a passion for the automobiles. After graduating from college he went to Europe to study their automobiles, designs, and techniques. Upon his return to the United States, he began producing automobiles powered by a steam boiler that he invented. The vehicles were originally sold under the White Sewing Machine Company. As the business expanded, his brothers, Windsor and Walter joined the company and helped with the building of the steam powered cars. Production progressed rather well. Steam powered vehicles were popular due to their quiet operation, smooth ride, and excellent performance.
Thomas White passed away in 1914 and shortly thereafter, Rollin left the company. He spent his time away from the company recovering from what he described as ill health. Upon recovery he produced farm tractors under the company name of Cleveland Tractor Company. His product, the Cletracs became well known throughout the world and another successful business venture spearheaded by Rollin prospered. In 1923 he again focused his attention on automobile production. He created the Rollin Motors Company and established himself as the chairman. The vehicles that were produced were rather ingenious, being one of the first to utilize four-wheel brakes. The wheels were comprised of solid disks which replaced the wooden-spoke artillery wheels. The quality and affordable price helped drive interest in the vehicles.
During the 1924 model year, the Rollin Company produced over 3660 cars. A year later, sales slowed to just over 2000 examples. Due to declining sales, bankruptcy, and stiff competition from other companies, the Rollin factory was forced to close its doors forever. Rollin focused his attention to his tractor business. In 1944 the tractor factory was merged with the Oliver Corporation. In 1960 that corporation was purchased by White Motor, a company that had been created by Rollin White.
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2006
Wonderful stuff! Thank you Jim T!
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2